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Fighting Shape

  • August 14, 2013
  • By Brittany

Hey there!  How’s your week going so far?  How are you doing with your goals this week?  So far I’m doing pretty well!  I’ve been keepin’ on keepin’ on with my fitness goals for sure.  Just check out my workout log! 🙂  It’s a good thing because this past weekend was full of indulgences!  Have you ever heard of Smorgasburg?  It’s the most amazing open-air food market.  It’s literally row upon row of culinary delights.

Smorgasburg 1

Basically there all these amazing food stalls that offer up incredible gourmet eats like these pork buns, little piggies and gourmet grilled cheese made with various cheeses, apples and other goodness!

Smorgasburg Collage

It gets so crowded because the food is so darn good!  But the views are pretty awesome!

Smorgasburg 3

We were so stuffed, but of course there is always room for dessert! 😉

Smorgasburg 2

So as you can see, I’ve taken the indulgences to the extreme lately!  It’s a good thing I’ve been hitting it hard recently on the workout front.  In fact, recently I got to try out UFC, a new gym in the Financial District of Manhattan (you were wondering when the title “Fighting Shape was going to make sense right?”).


Even more exciting than trying a new class was the fact I got to do it with my bloggie friend Anna from Tough Lipstick.  She is super cool and together we totally kicked butt… or tried to!


We signed up for a kickboxing class and let me just preface this by saying I love kickboxing.  I’ve professed my love for TurboJam here before but let’s be real, I’m a girlie kickboxer.  Well, this class was NO JOKE!  This was not just some air punching and jumping around.  This was the real deal.


Each participant was given their own set of boxing gloves and had their hands wrapped before class (see what I mean–real deal).  We also each had our own punching bag.  After a warm up that involved some callesthenics, we spent the better part of the hour jabbing, crossing and kicking at that big burly bag.  You wouldn’t think that throwing some punches would be so difficult but it was incredibly hard and very tiring!  And of course we had to intersperse some cardio drills in between punching rounds to make things really tough (like I said, real deal)!

We finished off with some abs and then stretching before calling it quits for the day.  I was drenched and sweat and totally spent but Anna and I had the best time!  UFC offers a ton of other boxing classes in addition to personal training.  Even though it’s set up as a boxing gym, they have some traditional cardio and weight torture tools equipment.  I would definitely recommend UFC if you are interested in getting serious about boxing training.  This place is membership only so you’ve got to be committed to focusing on this type of training but the facilities are top notch and the workout is amazing!

Readers, have you ever tried boxing?  Have you ever been to Smorgsburg or another food market?  

By Brittany, August 14, 2013
  • Allie
    August 14, 2013

    I love boxing workouts! I’m so jealous of all you NYC girls who can just hop on over to a place like this an get an amazing workout. My hubs would REALLY love this place…and the smorgasbord!!! Just amazing. Thanks for a great review…I’m adding it to my “things to do for NYC fitness weekend!”

  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    August 14, 2013

    oh awesome!! i’ve never tried boxing nor kick boxing (unless the tai bo workout videos from the 90s count…) looks like a great workout, and fun too!! smorgasbord looks soo good! i havent been to a big foody market in a long time, i think its time i make a trip to one 🙂

    • FitBritt
      August 14, 2013

      Tae Bo definitely counts as long as you didn’t wear those long spandex Billy Blanks wears in the videos! 🙂

  • Holly
    August 14, 2013

    I have been to the most delicious Boston Phantom Gourmet Food Festival with my son and I want to go again! It is on Lansdowne Street near Fenway Park.

    August 14, 2013

    I REALLY want to try some boxing. I’ve always thought it would be wise to take lessons and just learn some moves! Awesome post!

  • Brittany @ Balance and Bananas
    August 14, 2013

    Oh my gosh, that grilled cheese looks heavenly!! I’ve never tried boxing, but now I think I definitely have to!

    • FitBritt
      August 14, 2013

      It was an amazing grilled cheese. I wish I had paid more attention to what was in it so I could recreate it at home.

  • Anna
    August 14, 2013

    I’ve always wanted to check out Smorgasborg! And yay for UFC love – what a fun workout 🙂 Let’s do another hangout/workout sesh soon!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    August 14, 2013

    That class looked like so much fun! I love kickboxing, it’s such a great workout.
    The food market looked incredible too!
    Looks like you had a great weekend to follow a beautiful vacation.

  • Kimberly {Manifest Yourself}
    August 14, 2013

    The food looks amazing!

    I box with my trainer sometimes, and I love it. It is really a great workout. I have never been to a UFC gym. I feel like once you need hand wraps, it’s serious.

    • FitBritt
      August 14, 2013

      Agreed! I’ve boxed with my husband before but with my pink gloves and we were just kind of doing it for fitness not for technique!

  • Nicole
    August 14, 2013

    I love boxing! I always feel like boxing workouts go by quickly, and I wind up being drenched in sweat. I always give my all, but I do have to agree about being a more girlie boxer though! Last year I went to a boxing gym where you’d partner up, and a couple times I got partnered with this girl that was so serious and would punch my shield as hard as she possibly could. I always thought, “Jeez woman, you must be really angry about something!” Haha

    • FitBritt
      August 14, 2013

      Haha! I hate that! Luckily we didn’t have partners in this class because even though I was working so hard my punches and kicks came off so wussy!

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